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Wednesday is the Day for Officials - The Landesrat Came By!

Summer Academy of Art in Salzburg would not exist without support. Every year, the school is visited by local officials responsible for culture in the region. On Wednesday, we had an official visit from Dr. Heinrich Schellhorn, Landesrat and I’ve had the chance to chat with him about his views on the Salzburger cultural scene and the future of the visual arts in the region.


Heinrich Schellhorn and Hildegund Amanshauser visiting Melissa Gordon's class


Salzburg is very beautiful, very cultural, there’s a lot of music. Where would you say that the contemporary art stands in Salzburg today? Is it important and how much?

Yes, it is important! But first of all, Salzburg is a city of music. But, we try also to support visual arts more than in the past. Summer Academy is a very important part of these activities. But we extend our support to other institutions as well, to new galleries and also to artists. Further, I try to improve the cooperation between these institutions.

Where would you place the Summer Academy within this setting?

The Academy is very well positioned among the local cultural public, it has a positive image. Many people from Salzburg visit the classes as students. It’s a good place. They enjoy the chance for international encounters, to meet with teachers and students from all over the world. This international spirit is a very positive side of the Summer Academy.

Since Summer Academy is a contemporary art institution, how do you see its development in the future?

When it was founded, Summer Academy was one of the very, very few such institutions. It’s not easy talking about the future since now, there are many similar institutions around the world. So we have to work hard so that in the future, Summer Academy remains attractive for teachers and students all over the world. We also have to try to internationalize more, to open the Academy for teachers and students from developing countries, from Africa and Asia. This effort is always more difficult to finance because often students from these countries cannot afford the fees and we have to support this financially. So, one of the big tasks for the future is to secure this financial support.

You visit the Summer Academy every year. What is your favorite aspect of this school?

My most favorite aspect is to have teachers and students from all over the world, from different levels, different ages. There are so many positions from which both students and teachers come, and it’s the most important for me to see the creative richness.

How do you see the city’s cultural scene evolving until 2020 and after that? Will the visual arts be more important?

Well, they must be more important. Next year we will open the House of architecture that I hope will have an impact on the culture of building in Salzburg and even more importantly, in the rural areas. I also hope that the contemporary arts get more influence in the rural areas so that not everything is concentrated in the city.

I hope that Summer Academy will have a place in this future.

There will be no question about that! Summer Academy will exist for many, many more years.



The Student Ilse Kiener, Tex Rubinowitz and Heinrich Schellhorn in conversation


Visiting Tex's class



While Wednesday was long, Thursday was a relaxed day, with some more rain, of course. Tonight is the exhibition at Periscope and tomorrow Open Days. Hanging out around art, that's how I roll now. :)



27/07/17 19:22 Summer Academy 2017

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